Omnivore's Digest

Lovingly curated by a hodgepodge of cultural omnivores and presented in easily digestible fashion

Month: February, 2013

Blow-Up (1966)

by David

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Blow-Up (1966)
dir. Michelangelo Antonioni | United Kingdom

A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

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Playtime (1967)

by David

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Playtime (1967)
dir. Jacques Tati | France

Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of Americans, causing chaos in his usual manner. Tati’s warm yet scathing critique of Modernity.

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Miss Bala (2011)

by David

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Miss Bala (2011)
dir. Gerardo Naranjo | Mexico

The story of a young woman clinging on to her dream to become a beauty contest queen in a Mexico dominated by organized crime. A unique take on the bleak and violent realities of lives entangled with criminals and the loss of agency in the face of adversity. This is from ‘action thriller’ territory.

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Duck Season (2004)

by David

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Duck Season (2004)
dir. Fernando Eimbcke | Mexico

Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, videogames, porn magazines, soft drinks and pizza delivery. The electricity company, Rita, the neighbour, Ulises, a pizza deliveryman, eleven seconds, the Real Madrid-Manchester game, some chocolate brownies and a horrible painting of ducks all combine to break the harmony of what promised to be a placid Sunday…

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Stalker (1979)

by David

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Stalker (1979)
dir. Andrey Tarkovskiy | Soviet Union

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he’s a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.

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Isle of Flowers (1990)

by David

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Isle of Flowers (1990)
dir. Jorge Furtado | Brazil

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid “saga” of a spoiled tomato, followed as it makes its natural journey through Brazil. A biting social commentary that goes from the trash of the middle class to the Ilha das Flores garbage dump.

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Damnation (1988)

by Daniel

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Damnation (1988)
dir. Béla Tarr | Hungary

Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the Titanik Bar and its beautiful, haunting singer. But the lady is married and Karrer is determined to keep her husband away.

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The Lost Weekend (1945)

by Daniel

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The Lost Weekend (1945)
dir. Billy Wilder | USA

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

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City of Life and Death (2009)

by Daniel

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City of Life and Death (2009)
dir. Chuan Lu | China

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

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Castaway on the Moon (2009)

by Daniel

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Castaway on the Moon (2009)
dir. Hey-Jun Lee | South Korea

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. A reclusive young woman, who takes close-up shots of the moon and has not left her apartment in years, spies him on the island and comes to think of him as her own alien.

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